Chelsea 3-2 Derby County
Frank Lampard’s Derby County were knocked out of the Carabo Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge in a dramatic 3-2 resulting from some defending nightmares. Derby scored two own goals and equalized before half an hour, but Fàbregas’ goal four minutes before the break sealed the victory for Chelsea in a hard-fought match.
Derby County knocked out Manchester United through a penalty shootout as Lampard defeated his former mentor and manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho to set up this tie.
Fikayo Tomori – on loan from Chelsea, scored the first own goal just five minutes – the ball deflected off his leg as he attempted to clear from Davide Zappacosta’s cross. But Jack Marriott equalised within four minutes.
The second own goal deflected off Richard Keogh through another cross from Davide Zappacosta, as Chelsea restored their lead after 21 minutes. But six minutes later another Chelsea loanee setup Martyn Waghorn who buried home an equalizer.
But Cesc Fabregas secured the winner just four minutes before half-time though the visitors felt there was a foul leading to goal.
Both team missed some vital opportunities; the visitors had chances in the second half as Mount, Marriott and Keogh came close, while Chelsea’s Gary Cahill was denied from close range and Alvaro Morata had a header saved by keeper Scott Carson.
The Substitute David Nugent struck a post in the 89th minute as Derby came close to a third equalizer, but Chelsea survived and progressed.
Chelsea will play Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. Bournemouth knocked out Norwich City on Tuesday fourth round match.